Getting Started

Keen to become an NZSL teacher?  The 10 steps below gives you an idea how to get started.

1. Explore

Observe an NZSL class. Talk to NZSL teachers. Ask questions. Decide if NZSL teaching is for you.

2. Join

Become an NZSLTA member. Understand the NZSLTA's teacher registration system.

3. Train

Find out about local NZSLTA training and attend. Enrol in the Certificate in Deaf Studies: Teaching NZSL course at Victoria University of Wellington. Ask local NZSL teachers if you could observe their classes. The more classes, the better.

4. Set up

Ask local NZSL teachers where you could teach. Contact a Community Education Centre. Discuss setting up a class.

5. Understand

Look through this website. Read and understand learning outcomes, course outlines, course design, resources etc.

6. Prepare

Make a lesson plan. Make resources. Think about what you give students to learn.

7. Practice

Practice how you can introduce signs, explain activities and use resources.

8. Teach

Happy teaching! Enjoy new challenges.

9. Reflect

Look back on your lesson and think about how you can improve next time. Ask other teachers for ideas, feedback and advice.

10. Upskill

Keep up your NZSLTA membership. Look out for new resources. Continue attending conferences, workshops and courses to increase your knowledge.

Sharing Experiences

Watch these videos of NZSL teachers. They'll tell you a part of their journey of becoming an NZSL teacher.